Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC Rocks Out with Hard Rock Rising

Global Battle of the Bands Competition Gives Washington, DC Bands a Chance to Take the Stage in Rome

Orlando, Fla., March 4, 2014 Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC has called on emerging local talent to rock out for the opportunity to take the stage in the heart of the Roman Empire with Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition! For the past few weeks, the undiscovered talents of Washington, DC have been participating in live battle events at the cafe. The judges have narrowed it down to the top three local Washington, DC bands, and this Friday, March 7, 2014, they will battle it out during the Hard Rock Rising Final Live Performance Round to represent the city in Hard Rock Rising’s global battle of the bands competition.  The lucky Grand Prize winner will receive the chance of a lifetime – an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer!

The votes are in and Facebook fans from around the world have narrowed down more than 10,000 bands to its top competitors with only a select few moving on to the next round of live performances. Several preliminary battle events have narrowed down the entries, and Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC will hold a final live performance round where local bands Boom Boom, Deer Park Avenue and Dylan Galvin & the Piranhas will be judged by a panel of local industry experts. Judges will select one band to represent Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC as they move on to compete against other winners from Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world.

Once the local winning band is chosen, they will join other city winners in the global competition where fans will vote on participating Hard Rock Facebook pages to narrow down the 80+ local winners to the top twenty-five bands. Once determined, an esteemed panel of celebrities and music industry professionals such as Steven Van Zandt, Bonnie McKee and more, will select the Grand Prize winner and two runner-up bands.  The Grand Prize winner will perform at Hard Rock Live Rome, an outdoor music festival that will embrace more than 50,000 fans from across Italy, and the selected runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

For full rules and a list of participating locations, visit www.hardrock.com or www.facebook.com/hardrock.

Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC hosts Hard Rock Rising FINAL Live Performance Round

Friday, March 7, 2014
6:30 p.m. Event begins

Hard Rock Cafe Washington D.C.
610 10th St NW # 200
Washington, DC 20001

Free Admission
All ages welcome

Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC will not be taking reservations on this night. Tables are available for guests only on a first-come, first-served basis. Come early for dinner and to get great seats!

For more information, visit www.hardrock.com/washingtondc/.

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With a total of 180 venues in 56 countries, including 140 cafes, 19 hotels and 9 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Seoul, Vienna, Anchorage and Siem Reap. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Aruba, Abu Dhabi, Ibiza and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.